Four suspected drug pushers were killed, another was arrested, and more than P3.5 million worth of suspected shabu was seized in separate buy-bust operations in Nueva Ecija and Bulacan on Monday night, police reported.
Suspects John Patrick Lozano and Christian de Jesus, both of legal age and residents of Paniqui, Tarlac, were killed in an operation in Sitio Cumabol, Brgy. Caanawan, San Jose City, around 9:20 p.m., according to Nueva Ecija provincial police.
The two apparently sensed they were dealing with a lawman so they drew short firearms and opened fire, prompting the other operatives to retaliate, the report said.
Operatives seized two homemade caliber-.38 revolvers, a sachet containing 5 grams or P34,000 worth of suspected shabu, a motorcycle, and two helmets from the slain suspects.
Hours earlier, around 6:30 p.m., suspects Dominic Yabut and Jesus Pelmoka were killed in another buy-bust in Purok 1, Brgy. Dalampang, Cabanatuan City.
After selling a sachet of shabu to an undercover operative, the two became suspicious and also pulled out firearms then fired, police said.
Lawmen recovered a caliber-.38 revolver, homemade caliber-.45 pistol, some fired cartridges, 15 sachets containing a total of about 11 grams or P75,000 worth of suspected shabu, the P500 marked money, and drug paraphernalia from the suspects.
In Malolos City, Bulacan, authorities arrested one Alexander De Naga alias “Bong”. He yielded P3.4 million worth of suspected shabu in a buy-bust around 11:30 p.m.
Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and police intelligence operatives carried out the sting along the Diversion Road in Brgy. Mojon.
De Naga, a resident of San Jose del Monte City, yielded about 500 grams of suspected shabu, a cellphone believed to be used in drug transactions, and the buy-bust money.
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